PROVO, Utah – March 24, 2003 – Gretchen Freeman, Dynix vice president of library relations, has been selected to participate with other women in leadership roles across the United States in the 2003 American Issues Forum of Leadership America. Freeman will join other nationally selected women leaders to attend sessions in Washington, D.C., San Diego, CA, and Dallas, TX, between March 23 and Oct. 22.
Leadership America's annual American Issues Forum competitively selects a diverse group of more than 70 women leaders from across the United States to participate in a yearlong program that provides opportunities for rigorous discussion and in-depth analyses of important social issues. “By interacting with other leaders who are nationally prominent decision makers and content area experts, the participants develop a deepened understanding of leading-edge issues of the day,” said National Board Chair Lana Porter.
Freeman has been with Dynix for more than 15 years in roles that include vice president of operations, customer support manager, director of marketing, Dynix product manager, and market communications manager. In 1987, she brought her experience as an automation librarian to Dynix to create the company's first support organization and, later, its first product management and marketing departments.
“Leadership America looks for women who have demonstrated leadership in their chosen professions,” said Candace O'Keefe, executive director of Leadership America. “It is clear from Gretchen's background that she has assumed progressively responsible roles in every organization she's belonged to. She's exactly the sort of woman we look for.”
“I am looking forward to this opportunity to learn from the women of Leadership America who have sought to make a difference in their communities,” Freeman said. “It's a privilege to share my views and experiences in the library world with other forum attendees as we address current issues facing our country and communities.”
Forum participants include women who serve as presidents, CEOs, senior-level administrators, and directors in corporate America, as well as leaders from schools and universities, government, and non-profit organizations. Many current and former participants are also successful entrepreneurs with interests in almost every field of professional endeavor.
About Leadership America
Leadership America, the nation's longest-running independent women's leadership organization, has been recognizing, educating, and connecting accomplished American women from business, government, education, and non-profit areas since 1988. More than 1,500 women leaders have been selected to participate in the American Issues Forum over its 16-year history.
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